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Coronavirus updates, Oct. 26: 3,881 cases, 29 deaths reported from Sunday and Monday

Here's are the live updates for Monday, Oct. 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state offices report and other updates affecting West Michigan.

Sunday & Monday cases

The Michigan Department and Health and Human Services reported 3,881 cases from Sunday and Monday. The total number of cases is now 161,907.

There were 29 deaths recorded from Sunday and Monday. The death toll has reached 7,211.

See the cumulative data here.

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, Oct. 23. It shows that 114,939 people have recovered from the virus. The state updates this data every Saturday. A recovery is counted as anyone who is 30 days out from the onset of their symptoms.  

Hospitalizations are rising this week. There are 1,479 suspected/confirmed COVID-19 adult patients in Michigan hospitals, 140 patients on ventilators as of Oct. 26. 

Michigan is reporting the number of cases at long term care facilities. That data can be seen here. The state is also now reporting school-related outbreaks and that data can be viewed here.

MDHHS virtual roundtable set for 1 p.m.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,338 daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday. That number is the highest daily cases count Michigan has had since the onset of the pandemic.

Now, the total number of coronavirus cases reported by the state has reached 158,026.

MDHHS Director Robert Gordon and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will co-chair a COVID-19 virtual roundtable on Monday. Speakers will include national, state and local experts and leaders in public health, health care and higher education.

The program will include short presentations by each speaker followed by questions from the co-chairs. Topics will include COVID-19 trends, the effectiveness of various strategies to slow the spread of the virus, and expert perspectives and experiences.

The roundtable is set for 1 p.m. Follow this link to listen in live through Microsoft Teams.

Read more here.

Spectrum Health sees most patients with COVID-19 since onset of pandemic

With positive COVID-19 cases on the rise throughout the country, Spectrum Health in West Michigan has reported a record-high of COVID-19 in-patients.

According to the Spectrum Health COVID-19 dashboard, 151 people are currently hospitalized with the coronavirus. Leon Hendrix with Spectrum Health communications said this is a new record.

Read more here. 

No data on Sundays

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has stopped reporting data on cases, deaths, and testing on Sunday. Those numbers will be release with Monday's update.

Saturday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,338 daily cases of coronavirus Friday. The total number of cases is now 158,026.

There were 35 deaths recorded, but 27 were from a Vital Records review. The death toll has reached 7,182.

Read more from Saturday's update here.

State recommendations for COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe illnesses. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC. The symptoms include:

  • Fever  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

*Note: This list does not include all possible symptoms. It will be updated as the CDC and health officials learn more about the virus. 

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:  

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.     
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.    
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.    
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.    
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

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